DISCUSSION: Looking back to April 17th, 1922, we arrive at a scary severe weather day across parts of the mid-western United States. Here is the exact excerpt from the post on the "This Day in Weather History" page on Facebook. On this date in 1922, southern Illinois and Western Indiana saw two rounds of severe weather, including tornadoes. The first significant tornado occurred just before midnight on the 16th near Oakdale, Illinois. This tornado killed 4 and injured 22 others. Five additional tornadoes took place between midnight and 3 AM on the 17th. During the mid-morning and early afternoon hours, two estimated F4 tornadoes caused devastation in Hedrick and near Orestes in Indiana. A postcard from one farm near Orestes was dropped near Mt. Cory, Ohio, 124 miles away. The map contains the possible tornado tracks for the two events. The red lines are estimated F4 tornadoes. The image is from the Chicago Tribune. To learn more about this particular severe weather event, feel free to visit the following link which contains information from the actual Chicago Tribune newspaper at the time: http://archives.chicagotribune.com/…/storm-dead-may-reach-50
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